So, the Government issued a decision on Aug. 27 on adding 2.16 million lei to the budget of the General Secretariat of the Government, for the National Agency for Roma. The money goes to the financing, in 2008, of a programme of community development in the village of Hadareni, Mures county.
The funds come from a reserve, they are included in the state budget for 2008.
In Sept 1993, an inter-ethnic conflict took place in the village of Hadareni, Mures County, when a Romanian and a Gypsy quarreled, the Romanian was stabbed and died in the middle of the road. The assassin and his brother, who was in a period of temporary release from prison, took refuge in a deserted house.
After the incident, some 400-500 people, Romanians and Hungarians alike, gathered in the middle of the village. Angry for long at the aggressiveness of the Roma in the village, they went to the Gypsy neighbourhood, where, some 150 Roma were dwelling, in 32 houses. 13 houses were set on fire.
Discontent with the verdict issued in Romania, the families of the three victims and people whose houses were set ablaze took the case to the European Court of Human Rights, ECHR, in 2001.
In 2005, ECHR ordered that the case of the 18 plaintiffs be closed, in consequence of the conclusion of an amiable understanding, and considering that the commitments of the parties involved were a good solution to the case, in conformity with the ECHR standards.
The Romanian Government committed itself to pay the 18 plaintiffs sums between 11,000 and 23,000 euros, in material and moral damages.